Supreme Court of Texas Decisions 2019

McAllen Hospitals, LP v. Lopez (Opinion)  
Date: May 17, 2019
Docket Number: 17-0733

Justia Opinion Summary: In this breach of contract case filed by Employees against Employer, the Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the court of appeals affirming the trial court and rendered judgment that Employees taking nothing, holding...

Time Warner Cable Texas LLC v. CPS Energy (Opinion)  
Date: May 17, 2019
Docket Number: 17-0840

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed in part the judgment of the court of appeals reversing the judgment of the district court affirming the conclusions of the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) that CPS Energy violated both Tex. U...

KMS Retail Rowlett, LP v. City of Rowlett (Opinion)  
Date: May 17, 2019
Docket Number: 17-0850

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals affirming the decision of the trial court granting summary judgment in favor of the City of Rowlett on KMS Retail Rowlett, LP's complaint alleging that the...

Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport Board v. Vizant Technologies, LLC (Opinion)  
Date: May 17, 2019
Docket Number: 18-0059

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the court of appeals in part and rendered judgment dismissing Plaintiff's claims that a governmental entity breached a contractual promise to make a good faith effort to obtain...

In re Interest of N.G. (Per Curiam)  
Date: May 17, 2019
Docket Number: 18-0508

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the court of appeals affirming the trial court's termination of Mother's parental rights, holding that the court of appeals erred in failing to review the legal and factual suff...

In re Interest of Z.M.M. (Per Curiam)  
Date: May 17, 2019
Docket Number: 18-0734

Justia Opinion Summary: In this parental termination case, the Supreme Court remanded this case to the court of appeals for further proceedings, holding that the court of appeals erred in finding that the evidence was sufficient to terminate Fa...

Chambers-Liberty Counties Navigation District v. State (Opinion)  
Date: May 10, 2019
Docket Number: 17-0365

Justia Opinion Summary: In this interlocutory appeal, the Supreme Court reversed in part the judgment of the court of appeals allowing the State's money-damages claims and its ultra vires claims to proceed against the Chambers-Liberty Counties...

Dallas Morning News, Inc. v. Hall (Opinion)  
Date: May 10, 2019
Docket Number: 17-0637

Justia Opinion Summary: In this defamation action, the Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the court of appeals and rendered judgment that the complaint be dismissed under the Texas Citizens Participation Act, holding that Respondents failed...

Godoy v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. (Opinion)  
Date: May 10, 2019
Docket Number: 18-0071

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the court of appeals finding that Petitioner waived the argument that his contractual waiver of the statute of limitations was void as against public policy, holding that the co...

Sorrell v. Estate of Carlton (Opinion)  
Date: May 3, 2019
Docket Number: 16-0874

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the court of appeals affirming the judgment of the trial court concluding that an owner who tendered substantially all of the money required by Tex. Tax Code 34.21 could redeem...

Mosley v. Texas Health & Human Services Commission (Opinion)  
Date: May 3, 2019
Docket Number: 17-0345

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed part and reversed in part the judgment of the court of appeals holding that the trial court lacked jurisdiction over Petitioner's appeal because she did not seek rehearing of an ALJ's ruling an...

In re A.L.M.-F. (Opinion)  
Date: May 3, 2019
Docket Number: 17-0603

Justia Opinion Summary: In this termination of parental rights case the Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the court of appeals affirming the judgment of the trial court denying Mother's jury demand in a de novo hearing under Tex. Family Co...

Garcia v. City of Willis (Opinion)  
Date: May 3, 2019
Docket Number: 17-0713

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the court of appeals reversing the judgment of the trial court concluding that Petitioner, who represented a putative class of citizens seeking to strike down state statutes and...

Endeavor Energy Resources, LP v. Cuevas (Opinion)  
Date: May 3, 2019
Docket Number: 17-0925

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the court of appeals reversing the trial court's grant of summary judgment for a property owner on a contractor's employee's negligent hiring claim and rendered judgment for the...

Brazos Electric Power Cooperative, Inc. v. Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (Opinion)  
Date: May 3, 2019
Docket Number: 17-1003

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the court of appeals ruling that the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality does not have the discretion to deny an ad valorem tax exemption for heat recovery steam generator...

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality v. Brazos Valley Energy, LLC (Opinion)  
Date: May 3, 2019
Docket Number: 18-0128

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the court of appeals reversing the district court's judgment affirming the negative use determinations issued by the Commission on Environmental Quality as to Respondents' appli...

Rohrmoos Venture v. UTSW DVA Healthcare, LLP (Opinion)  
Date: April 26, 2019
Docket Number: 16-0006

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court held that, under David v. Inwood North Professional Group-Phase I, 747 S.W.2d 373 (Tex. 1988), a tenant can terminate a commercial lease contract for the landlord's prior material breach and that the ev...

Medina v. Zuniga (Opinion)  
Date: April 26, 2019
Docket Number: 17-0498

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the court of appeals affirming the trial court's decision awarding sanctions in favor of Plaintiff in this negligence case, holding that a trial court may not sanction a party w...

Scott v. Weems (Opinion)  
Date: April 26, 2019
Docket Number: 17-0563

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the court of appeals reversing the trial court's dismissal of Plaintiff's complaint with prejudice, holding that dismissal of the lawsuit was required because this falsified-med...

PHI, Inc. v. Texas Juvenile Justice Department (Opinion)  
Date: April 26, 2019
Docket Number: 18-0099

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the court of appeals concluding that sovereign immunity barred Plaintiff's claim against the State brought after a cargo van owned by the State rolled backwards into a grounded...

Barnett v. Schiro (Per Curiam)  
Date: April 26, 2019
Docket Number: 18-0278

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court remanded this case to the trial court for a redetermination of attorney's fees consistent with the Court's decision in Rohrmoos Venture v. UTSW DVA Healthcare, LLP, __ S.W.3d __ (Tex. 2019), also decide...

Tarrant Regional Water District v. Johnson (Opinion)  
Date: April 12, 2019
Docket Number: 17-0095

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the court of appeals in part and rendered judgment dismissing all of Plaintiffs' claims against the Tarrant Regional Water District, which constructed and maintained the dam fro...

Texas Outfitters Limited, LLC v. Nicholson (Opinion)  
Date: April 12, 2019
Docket Number: 17-0509

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals affirming the judgment of the trial court finding that the holder of the executive right to lease a mineral estate violated its duty of utmost good faith an...

Texas Department of Criminal Justice v. Levin (Opinion)  
Date: April 12, 2019
Docket Number: 17-0552

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the court of appeals and rendered judgment for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, holding that the public's right to information under the Texas Public Information Act (P...

Ferreira v. Butler (Opinion)  
Date: April 12, 2019
Docket Number: 17-0901

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court overruled its decision in Faris v. Faris, 138 S.W.2d 830, 832 (Tex. App. 1940) ruling that a devisee's default is imputed to his own devisee, even where the latter is not in default, holding that Texas...

West v. Quintanilla (Opinion)  
Date: April 5, 2019
Docket Number: 17-0454

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the court of appeals that the parol evidence rule barred evidence and enforcement of an agreement through which Plaintiff claims to have satisfied his debt to Defendant, holding...

Texas Mutual Insurance Co. v. Chicas (Opinion)  
Date: April 5, 2019
Docket Number: 17-0501

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals reversing the judgment of the trial court granting Defendant's plea to the jurisdiction and dismissing a judicial-review claim that had been filed after the...

Agar Corp., Inc. v. Electro Circuits International, LLC (Opinion)  
Date: April 5, 2019
Docket Number: 17-0630

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed in part and affirmed in part the judgment of the court of appeals affirming the trial court's summary judgment concluding that Plaintiff's civil conspiracy claims were barred by limitations, ho...

City of Denton v. Rushing (Opinion)  
Date: March 15, 2019
Docket Number: 17-0336

Justia Opinion Summary: In this interlocutory appeal from an order denying a city’s plea to the jurisdiction and alternative motion for summary judgment, the Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the court of appeals and rendered judgment sust...

Hays Street Bridge Restoration Group v. City of San Antonio (Opinion)  
Date: March 15, 2019
Docket Number: 17-0423

Justia Opinion Summary: In this breach of contract case, the Supreme Court held that the waiver of governmental immunity for certain claims provided by the Local Government Contract Claims Act (Act), Tex. Loc. Gov’t Code 271.151-.160, at the ti...

Hillman v. Nueces County, Texas (Opinion)  
Date: March 15, 2019
Docket Number: 17-0588

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals affirming the judgment of the trial court dismissing Plaintiff’s suit against Nueces County, holding that governmental immunity barred the suit. Plaintiff...

International Business Machines Corp. v. Lufkin Industries, Inc. (Opinion)  
Date: March 15, 2019
Docket Number: 17-0666

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case involving a contract to purchase a business-management software system, the Supreme Court held that contractual disclaimers barred Buyer from recovering in tort for misrepresentations Seller made both to ind...

Eddington v. Dallas Police & Fire Pension System (Opinion)  
Date: March 8, 2019
Docket Number: 17-0058

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the court of appeals affirming the judgment of the trial court in this case brought by three pensioners, holding that the Dallas Police and Fire Pension System did not violate T...

Hughes v. Green County (Opinion)  
Date: March 8, 2019
Docket Number: 17-0409

Justia Opinion Summary: In this dispute in probate over title to property bequeathed in a will, the Supreme Court reversed the decision of the court of appeals affirming the order of the trial court ruling that governmental immunity barred an h...

Rosenburg Development Corp. v. Imperial Performing Arts, Inc. (Opinion)  
Date: March 8, 2019
Docket Number: 17-0660

Justia Opinion Summary: In this contract dispute over whether a municipally created economic development corporation is entitled to immunity from suit as if it were a political subdivision of the state, the Supreme Court affirmed the court of a...

Dallas Symphony Ass’n v. Reyes (Opinion)  
Date: March 8, 2019
Docket Number: 17-0835

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed in part and reversed and remanded in part the judgment of the court of appeals holding that an interlocutory order denying a motion for summary judgment based on a claim against or defense by a...

Burlington Resources Oil & Gas Co. v. Texas Crude Energy, LLC (Opinion)  
Date: March 1, 2019
Docket Number: 17-0266

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the court of appeals in this case involving the construction of an “opaquely worded oil and gas agreement,” holding that Burlington Resources may deduct post-production costs wh...

Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC v. Carduco, Inc. (Opinion)  
Date: February 22, 2019
Docket Number: 16-0644

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the court of appeals affirming an award of actual and punitive damages in favor of Carduco, Inc., a Mercedes-Benz franchisee, on its fraud claim against Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC,...

In re City of Dickinson (Opinion)  
Date: February 15, 2019
Docket Number: 17-0020

Justia Opinion Summary: In this discovery dispute, the Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals vacating the trial court’s discovery orders that failed to recognize the attorney-client privilege, holding that Texas’s expert d...

Exxon Mobil Corp. v. Insurance Co. of State of Pennsylvania (Opinion)  
Date: February 15, 2019
Docket Number: 17-0200

Justia Opinion Summary: In this dispute by a third party claiming the benefit of a blanket subrogation waiver by virtue of a written contract with the insured, the Supreme Court reversed the conclusion of the court of appeals that the subrogati...

In re RSR Corp. (Per Curiam)  
Date: February 15, 2019
Docket Number: 18-0189

Justia Opinion Summary: In this attorney-disqualification dispute, the Supreme Court directed the court of appeals to vacate its order directing the trial court to reconsider the merits of disqualification using the factors set forth in In re M...

Sabre Travel International, Ltd. v. Deutsche Lufthansa AG (Opinion)  
Date: February 1, 2019
Docket Number: 17-0538

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the trial court’s denial of Sabre Travel International, Ltd.’s motion to dismiss Deutsche Lufthansa Airline Group’s tortious interference with contract claim based on preemption, holding that t...

Bombardier Aerospace Corp. v. SPEP Aircraft Holdings LLC (Opinion)  
Date: February 1, 2019
Docket Number: 17-0578

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed in part and reversed in part the judgment of the court of appeals that the evidence was legally sufficient to support the trial court’s award of both actual and punitive damages as to all Plain...

Nghiem v. Sajib (Opinion)  
Date: February 1, 2019
Docket Number: 17-0636

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the court of appeals affirming the judgment of the trial court that Plaintiff’s implied warranty claim was actionable only under the Deceptive Trade Practices-Consumer Protectio...

Anadarko Petroleum Corp. v. Houston Casualty Co. (Opinion)  
Date: January 25, 2019
Docket Number: 16-1013

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the court of appeals reversing the trial court’s judgment in favor of Anadarko Petroleum Corp. and Anadarko E&P Co., L.P. (collectively, Anadarko), minority-interest owners in t...

Pressley v. Casar (Per Curiam)  
Date: January 25, 2019
Docket Number: 17-0052

Justia Opinion Summary: In this election contest for a city council seat the Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the court of appeals affirming a sanctions award, vacated that award, and then dismissed the appeal of the election contest as m...

Windrum v. Kareh (Opinion)  
Date: January 25, 2019
Docket Number: 17-0328

Justia Opinion Summary: In this wrongful death case, the Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the court of appeals reversing the judgment of the trial court in favor of Plaintiff on her claim that Defendant, a neurosurgeon, was negligent, hol...

Glassdoor, Inc. v. Andra Group, LP (Opinion)  
Date: January 25, 2019
Docket Number: 17-0463

Justia Opinion Summary: In this proceeding brought pursuant to a petition under Tex. R. Civ. P. 202 to conduct a pre-suit deposition of a website operator, the Supreme Court vacated the judgments of the trial court and the court of appeals and...

In re Houston Specialty Insurance Co. (Per Curiam)  
Date: January 25, 2019
Docket Number: 17-1060

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court conditionally granted relief to Houston Specialty Insurance Co. (HSIC) in this mandamus proceeding, holding that the trial court erred by denying HSIC’s Tex. R. Civ. P. 91a motion to dismiss a declarato...

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